I personally did the test because it is something that can be a huge concern for safety of baby. If you are wanting to get a negative result then try a hebiclens rinse before going to take the test. It has been proven to kill the GBS for up to 6 hours. I didn't do anything to sway the results, I just use a regular baby wipe down there to clean it as best as possible. That way if I am positive I will know to treat it, I was negative, and actually chose NOT to get antibiotics and go with the hebiclens while in labor if it cam back positive. If you do the hebiclens before the test and it comes back negative you could choose from there to do the rinse again once in labor or just forgo it.
DS1-7/18/08, DS2-2/23/10, DS3 1/18/12
I washed with the Hibiclens last pg, but still tested postive. I think it will try it again this time as I still have some left over.
So true. Why do they do the back anyway??. . . and I did not do the, um, rear portion. Babies do not come out that end anyway, last time I checked.
Chase-13, Trey-11, Layton-9, Zander-5, McKay-3, Declan-1, Keely born 9/6/2012
I'm probably in the minority with my opinion, but I don't do anything to try to get specific results.
My rationale is that although GBS disease is newborns is extremely rare, it is also extremely serious. If, god forbid, my baby were to get sick, I want to have as accurate as possible knowledge about whether GBS could be playing a role. I realize the maternal colonization levels can come and go, but if it is something you carry (I've tested pos. 5/5 pregnancies) then it is an avenue that can be treated immediately and that knowledge will help reduce some of the guess work that comes with diagnoses.